Embarking on my Fall Tour of EMEA


For anyone following me on Twitter (@buckleyplanet) or who have seen one of my recent presentations, you’re probably aware of my forthcoming travel plans. For the month of October, I’ll be visiting various regional Microsoft teams and SharePoint User Groups (SPUGs) across 8 countries: United Arab Emirates, Israel, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, England, and the Channel Islands (not the ones off the coast of Southern California, folks). This extensive tour will enable Axceler to visit with many of our partners and customers within each region, and for me to spend time with the Microsoft field teams to help them understand the impacts of SharePoint 2013 and how Axceler fits within that picture. Bookending the trip will be SharePoint Saturday events in Tampa this weekend, and Twin Cities (Minneapolis) on November 3rd.

If you are in one of these regions, are able to participate in the SPUG and community activities, and would like more information, please reach out to me at cbuck@axceler.com. I don’t have links for everything, but will provide updates here as I am able to confirm details. While there are other stops on this tour, here are the public events in which you can participate:

  • SharePoint Saturday Tampa, October 13th
    Presenting ‘Mastering SharePoint Migration Planning’
    More info at http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/tampa  

  • Visiting Microsoft and partners in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  • Brunch-and-Learn with a SharePoint MVP, October 18th
    Presenting on AIIM survey results and ‘10 Best Productivity Features in SP2013’
    Hosted by Harmon.ie, co-sponsored by CloudShare, Efficens Software, Axceler, Microsoft, and the Tel Aviv SPUG
    You can register at http://info.axceler.com/brunch-and-learn-israel/

  • Meeting with Microsoft and partners in Tel Aviv, as well as the teams as Harmon.ie and CloudShare. Also taking a day off to walk around Jerusalem.

  • SharePoint and Exchange Forum, October 22-23rd
    Available at the conference to meet with partners and customers
    More info at http://www.seforum.se

  • Berlin SPUG presentation, October 24th
    Presenting on the AIIM results and ‘10 Best Productivity Features in 2013’, as well as insights into Axceler’s 2012 SharePoint governance surveys
    More info at http://sharepointcommunity.de/groups/berlin/default.aspx

  • Munich SPUG presentation, October 25th
  • Presenting ‘10 SharePoint 2013 Features Your Customers Need to Know About’
    More info at http://sharepointcommunity.de/groups/muenchen/default.aspx 

  • Finland SPUG presentation, October 26th
  • Presenting ‘10 SharePoint 2013 Features Your Customers Need to Know About’
    More info at http://spug.fi

  • London Customer Event, October 29th
    Presentations on SharePoint strategy, user adoption and engagement, governance, and the SharePoint 2013 roadmap. Will be working from Axceler’s London office for a couple days, and meeting with Microsoft’s IW team.
    Invitation only event

  • Belgian SPUG presentation, October 30th
    Presenting on AIIM results and ‘10 Best Productivity Features in SP2013’ and discussing the prospect of organizing a SharePoint Saturday Luxembourg event for next year.
    More info at http://www.biwug.be/

  • Channel Islands-Jersey SPUG, October 31st
    Presenting ‘10 Best Productivity Features in 2013’ and talking with the local members about getting a SharePoint Saturday onto the 2013 calendar!
    More info at http://www.cispug.org/

  • Channel Islands-Guernsey SPUG, November 1st
    Presenting ‘10 Best Productivity Features in 2013’
    More info at http://www.cispug.org/

  • SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities, November 3rd
    My first time at this SPS event! Presenting two sessions – ‘Law and Order: content Governance Strategies’ and ‘10 Best SharePoint Features You’ve Never Used’
    More info at http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/twincities (SOLD OUT!)

Of course, in between all of these events will be numerous Microsoft field team meetings, partner discussions and dinners, and face-time with customers. I am looking forward to rubbing shoulders with some of the local SharePoint experts, and having some great discussions at each stop. I plan to blog extensively from the road, so expect a post for each of these tour stops.

With the addition of these two SharePoint Saturday event, that will bring my tally for the year up to 14, with SPS South Florida and SPS UK right behind them. I told myself last year that I would cut down on my travel – especially SPS events, but it just hasn’t worked out. And 2013 doesn’t look to be slowing down. So much going on with SharePoint and other Microsoft product families, and with Axceler’s product roadmap.

I hope to see you out on the road!


Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and M365 Apps & Services MVP, and an award-winning product marketer and technology evangelist, based in Silicon Slopes (Lehi), Utah. He is the Director of North American Partner Management for leading ISV Rencore (https://rencore.com/), leads content strategy for TekkiGurus, and is an advisor for both revealit.TV and WellnessWits. He hosts the monthly #CollabTalk TweetJam, the weekly #CollabTalk Podcast, and the Microsoft 365 Ask-Me-Anything (#M365AMA) series.